I had mentioned earlier in the week that Little Boy Blue didn’t have school this last Friday. So, I wanted to make sure that we optimized our time together. In order to do so, we planned a hike. Well, first we had to drop some bikes off at Blue Sky Bicycle in order to get repaired and/or replaced as it were. Anyway, we made arrangements to meet two of our friends at the trailhead for Hadley Mountain at Noon on Friday. I packed up the kid, two backpacks, plenty of food and the dog and headed north.
Hitting the Trail
This hike was to be the first mountain that Little Boy Blue would hike and on top of that, I offered to let him man a camera. Sure to be an interesting affair. While we were packing up and getting ready at the trail head, he took it upon himself to get pictures of the hiking party.
Cast & Crew
The hike up to the top of Hadley Mountain is only about 1.5 miles. It did take us a bit with a 5-year-old in tow, but he was a pretty good trooper. He only whined about how hard it was a few times. As we neared the top he got more and more interested in what we were seeing so it became easier to finish up.
We managed to find some snow near the top
The view from the top was well worth the climb. However, it was a cold and windy day, so we didn’t manage to stay up there too long. We took a look around, snapped a few pictures and then headed back down out of the wind just a bit to an abandoned ranger station. There we sat for a bit and ate some lunch.
Humus & Cheese?
After packing face a little, we decided to head back down the mountain in order to get out before it got much colder. The hike down was uneventful, other than the little dude getting tired. We made our way methodically and once we were back near the trail head it was decided that we would get a reward of ice cream.
Proud of this boy!
And he wasn’t tired at all!
Overall, we had a great hike. He (and we) was majorly impressed. I can’t wait to get him out there hiking on a more regular basis. I figured we’d start small and he’s still not ready to attack a big hike, but I see many smaller hikes in our very near future! I’d say it was a pretty good way to spend the day off from school!